Ravens FB McClain looking for a long-term deal

From the National Football Post:

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl fullback Le’Ron McClain has begun an enthusiastic campaign on his Twitter account.

It’s called: McClain for running back.

However, it’s not an elected position and McClain is content blocking for Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice.

He just wants to be involved in the offense beyond his role as a human battering ram.

He also wants a long-term contract.

That’s why McClain said he has yet to apply his signature to his one-year, $2.396 million first-round restricted tender offer. At this point, there’s no movement toward launching contract talks.

“I just really want to see how everything goes around here,” McClain said. “It’s just quiet and I have the tender over my head.”

If the Ravens wanted to play hardball, they could lower restricted tender offers if McClain or his fellow unsigned restricted free agents (wide receiver Mark Clayton, punter Sam Koch, safety Dawan Landry, offensive tackle Jared Gaither and cornerback Fabian Washington) don’t sign by a June 15 NFL deadline.

The amount would be roughly 10 percent above their 2009 base salaries.

That’s unlikely to happen, though, as all of the players have reported for workouts and aren’t threatening holdouts like the Cleveland Browns’ restricted free agents. With the restricted free agent signing period over, there’s essentially no leverage for restricted free agents.

From McClain’s standpoint, he wants to remain a Ravens for many years to come.

“I love Baltimore,” McClain said. “I want to be in Baltimore. I made this my home. I got an incredible running back in Ray Rice and a great offensive line. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

The 6-foot, 260-pounder made the Pro Bowl for the second time last season, paving a path for Rice. He also rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns one season removed from gaining a career-high 902 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns.

McClain proved in 2008 that he can be a part of the offense. Why his role was so diminished last year is difficult to pinpoint as he returned to be a more traditional fullback.

I think his lobbying is more about a long term contract than anything but I also agree that there are times when he should get carries to provide a bruising alternative to Ray Rice and Willis McGahee.

This seems permature but if the Ravens can develop into a high scoring offense will this just be the first of several players who will begin to ask for more touches or catches. It’s a great problem to have and one that is new to Ravens fans but it’s something to keep an eye on.

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